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Ashok Raju
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Lives in San Francisco, CA, USA


The Case For Optimism And Risk At Startups #umanoapp
Last week a company we enthusiastically backed, uBeam, led by a very special entrepreneur, 25-year-old Meredith Perry, announced a $10 million round of financing. The press around the raise & company was fantastic and the promise of their technology – wireless charging that works as easily as WiFi – would positively affect many of our lives. What person hasn’t crouched at an airport to get 18% extra on one’s battery before boarding an airplane?
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Examples of terrible User Experiences:
-  *+Google Hangouts* search feature searches all public hangouts instead of Hangouts I'm actually a part of (the ones I care about)
- Repeatedly sending feedback to the Google Hangouts team and getting no response.
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Well, in my experience Google isn't just good at search but also likes to show a lot of inconsistency across (and sometimes even within) products. Maybe it's part of their brand strategy to "surprise" (read: confuse) the user again and again.

Although to be fair, Google has been improving during the recent years. And I think it is inevitable once you reach a certain size. The worst example I can think of are keyboard shortcuts across Adobe's Creative Suite, for completely identical functions (like showing rulers in inDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) there are three different shortcuts.
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Check out the new blog where we explore human connections with media.
by Will Butler I DON’T ASK MY FRIENDS where they read the news anymore, because at this point I don’t expect that they do at all. As a journalist, I’m the first to admit that my own news consumption is unusually high, but I know I’m not the only one who sometimes wonders if anyone is reading. Absurd as it may seem, we’re hurtling toward a future, as both producers and consumers, of human-less news. The famous fake-news masters at The On...
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The Curious Passions Of Mr. Cosmos #umanoapp
They’re complex ideas—the origins of the Universe, the evolution of the human eye, and the potential for life on other worlds—but one scientist makes them engagingly accessible to all.
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Install Greenhouse, the hot new browser extension that provides transparency by exposing who funds members of Congress. See the story behind the story on any webpage, and discover the real impact of money on our political system.
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This is by far the best explanation of Bitcoin I've ever heard. Ben Horowitz's Phenomenal Explanation of Bitcoin #umanoapp #bitcoin
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Turns Out Harry Potter Star, Daniel Radcliffe Is Insane At Rapping #umanoapp
Turns out Daniel Radcliffe is amazing at rapping. View this image ›
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It's been an exciting few months here at Umano.  We've been working hard on a few different projects and it's exciting to see them come to life all in one week!  I love what Google is doing, extending their Android platform to various different devices.  From watches, to TVs, to even cars.

This extension of the Android platform is exciting for us at Umano because it allows us to extend our product to work more seamlessly in the different situations our users encounter daily.  And this is just the beginning!  Read more about the exciting new ways you can use Umano on Android here:

#android   #androidwear   #chromecast   #androidauto   #umanoapp   #androidtv  
Exciting New Ways to Use Umano for Android Last week, Google wrapped up it’s annual Google I/O conference with some big announcements that we’re very excited about. Among the most exciting...
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Absolutely right Umano is great!!! Look forward to the app on pioneer Appradio3 :D CONGRATS ASHOK 
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Maybe I'm just searching for the wrong thing, but I haven't found a single source for the right way to get progress updates from the Styled Media Receiver for my Android app.  When I tell the SMR to play my audio clip, I get back Status Updates for IDLE, BUFFERING and PLAYING, but I'm not getting onStatusUpdated() calls during playback.  To workaround this I'm running a delayed Runnable ever 1 second during playback.  Is this the right way to do this?

Here's my stackoverflow with code:
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Computer scientist, entrepreneur, musician, life hacker
Based out of San Francisco, Ashok Raju is currently the head of Android product development at Umano, a startup company poised to change the way you consume interesting content on the web. Ashok began his career at Pushlife, a Canadian music startup, which was later aqcui-hired by Google. He spent much of his two years at Google working on various mobile projects, most significantly Google Offers and Google+.
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    Electrical Engineering, 2005 - 2010
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    Software Engineer, 2013 - present
    Software Engineer, leading Android product development.
  • Google
    Software Engineer (Google+ Android team), 2011 - 2013
    Software Engineer. During my time at Google I contributed to the following projects: - Google Shopper (Android & Server) - Google Offers (Android & Server) - Google+ (Android)
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    Software Engineer/Project Manager, 2010 - 2011
    Software Engineer / Project Manager. Acquired by Google April 2011
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If you're going to be this unhealthy you might as well be 24/7. But you're not, so it's really a pointless restaurant in my opinion.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Always a great place for dinner. My friends and I come back here very often! My favorite dishes are the roast chicken, and ceviche.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Cool shoe store. Haven't bought anything yet but that's probably because of how dusty the inside of the store is. Had a bad allergy reaction when I walked in :S
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A fellow Canadian lives here.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Worst Indian restaurant I've been to, without a doubt! Firstly, the food isn't great and it's not even "right". Some of the dishes i.e butter chicken, don't taste like butter chicken. They have their own twist to the dishes, which can be fine, if it tasted good, but it doesn't! But what really made my experience unbelievable was the terrible service. I have never experienced worse service than this. I had to ask the waiter for water three times and still he didn't refill my water. So I got up and refilled it myself! Are you kidding me? I obviously didn't tip. On top of all this, the restaurant was expensive for no reason. It's simply a pretentious Indian restaurant in an expensive area that employs people who have no idea what good Indian food, or good service is. Never again.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Amazing Pizzas. They also have vegan cheese.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Corned beef hash was amaaazing!!! Usually a bit of a wait on weekends but its well worth it!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago